The Adventures of Henry Whiskers ( Ages 7 +)
By : Gigi Priebe, Illustrated by Daniel Duncan
Publisher ; Aladdin ( January 2017 )
Henry Whiskers the twenty-fifth is no ordinary mouse as he is the current heir to take residence in Queen Mary`s "most famous Doll House", exhibited in the Windsor Castle. It is said that 24 generations of Whiskers have resided in this grand Doll House, which is akin to any other stately home in the land. And what`s more, with forty rooms,miniature flushable-toilets and a garage filled with tiny luxury cars. It`s a doll house made for the queen of England!!
Since the sudden yet heroic demise of his father, Henry though still a kid, is also the head of the Whiskers family. And he is a young lad who takes his responsibilities seriously. The queen`s birthday is getting closer and the Whiskers are busy organizing their annual Mouse Masquerade which falls along with the birthday celebrations. Especially because that`s just the best time of the year to entertain without being disturbed or spotted.
Henry`s fearsome adventure begins when he learns that his little sister Isebel is missing. He dashes through the whereabouts of the Windsor Castle in a magnificent model car with his cousin Jeramy seated next to him, giving our young readers goosebumps as they almost get caught by Titus the cat, and then by the castle guards. Finally, having succeeded in their perilous rescue mission, they begin their daring survival race back home with Titus chasing behind. They speed through the castle corridors,crisscrossing old tunnels and pipelines but end-up in the most frightening Rat Ally; the stinking rat territory, where dangerous mice-eating rats roam about... Will they ever get to go home, and be on time for the masquerade?..............
A fast moving and action packed tale, beautifully written with luscious and rich details, while keeping up a marvelous rhythm. The well described cute mice characters makes the book a fascinating read even for us grown-ups. And it`s exciting line-up of events assures to keep the readers engaged from the beginning. Here`s to the beginning of a best selling series!!
( With many thanks to Simon & Schuster and NetGally for the ARC )